List of ECW World Television Champions
The ECW World Television Championship was a professional wrestling television championship contested for in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). It was the secondary title of ECW and currently remains inactive.
Originally, ECW was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), an organization with many member promotions. ECW withdrew as an NWA member in 1994. The championship remained active until April 2001, when ECW filed for bankruptcy. All of ECW's assets were later purchased by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in mid-2003, including the copyrights to ECW's championships. In May 2006, WWE extended its promotion by adding ECW as a third additional brand, the others being Raw and SmackDown, in a brand extension. The ECW World Heavyweight Championship was the only former ECW title to be recommissioned by WWE for the new brand. While this championship remains decommissioned, its records are under the name "ECW Television Championship" on the official WWE website.
Title reigns were determined by professional wrestling matches, often contested under hardcore wrestling regulations, with wrestlers involved in pre-existing scripted feuds, plots and storylines or were awarded the title due to scripted circumstances. Wrestlers were portrayed as either villains or heroes as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a match or series of matches for the championship.
As implied by its name, the championship could only be won on television or on pay-per-view events. The title was won in one Canadian municipality and in five American states. The inaugural champion was Johnny Hotbody, who defeated Larry Winters at a live event to win the title in August 1992. Rhino, who won the title in September 2000, was the final wrestler to hold the title before ECW filed for bankruptcy. 2 Cold Scorpio had the most reigns as champion, with four. At 700 days, Rob Van Dam's reign from 1998 to 2000 was the longest in the title's history. The Tazmaniac and 2 Cold Scorpio's reigns in 1994 were the shortest title reigns at less than one day. Overall, there were 31 title reigns.
|NWA-ECW Television Championship||August 12, 1992 – August 27, 1994|
|ECW World Television Championship||August 27, 1994 – April 11, 2001|
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|Defenses||Number of successful defenses|
|<1||Reign lasted less than a day|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|1||Johnny Hotbody||August 12, 1992||Live event||Philadelphia, PA||1||31||N/A|
|—||Vacated||September 12, 1992||—||—||—||—||—||Johnny Hotbody legitimately injured his ankle, and as a result, ECW forced him to relinquish the title.|
|2||Glen Osbourne[a]||September 30, 1992||Live event||Philadelphia, PA||1||[b]||N/A|
|—||Vacated||February 1993||—||—||—||—||—||ECW forced Glen Osbourne to vacate the title to set it up to be defended in a tournament after beginning its television show Hardcore TV.|
|3||Jimmy Snuka||March 12, 1993||Hardcore TV||Radnor, PA||1||203||N/A||Defeated Glen Osbourne in a tournament final. Aired on April 19, 1993, via broadcast delay.|
|4||Terry Funk||October 1, 1993||NWA Bloodfest: Part 1||Philadelphia, PA||1||43||N/A||Aired on October 5, 1993, episode of Hardcore TV via broadcast delay.|
|5||Sabu||November 13, 1993||November to Remember||Philadelphia, PA||1||113||N/A||This was a tag team match featuring Sabu and Road Warrior Hawk against Terry Funk and King Kong Bundy, with Sabu's ECW Heavyweight Championship also on the line.|
|6||The Tazmaniac||March 6, 1994||Hardcore TV||Philadelphia, PA||1||<1||N/A||Aired on March 15, 1994, via broadcast delay.|
|7||J.T. Smith||March 6, 1994||Hardcore TV||Philadelphia, PA||1||41||N/A||Aired on March 22, 1994, via broadcast delay.|
|8||The Pitbull||April 16, 1994||Live event||Philadelphia, PA||1||27||N/A|
|9||Mikey Whipwreck||May 13, 1994||Hardcore TV||Philadelphia, PA||1||92||N/A||Aired on May 17, 1994, via broadcast delay.|
|10||Jason||August 13, 1994||Hardcore Heaven||Philadelphia, PA||1||83||N/A||Aired on August 16, 1994, episode of Hardcore TV via broadcast delay.|
|11||2 Cold Scorpio||November 4, 1994||Hardcore TV||Hamburg, PA||1||<1||N/A||Aired on November 22, 1994, via broadcast delay.|
|12||Dean Malenko||November 4, 1994||Hardcore TV||Hamburg, PA||1||134||N/A||Aired on November 29, 1994, via broadcast delay.|
|13||2 Cold Scorpio||March 18, 1995||Hardcore TV||Philadelphia, PA||2||21||N/A||Aired on March 21, 1995, via broadcast delay.|
|14||Eddie Guerrero||April 8, 1995||Three Way Dance||Philadelphia, PA||1||104||N/A||Aired on April 11, 1995, episode of Hardcore TV via broadcast delay.|
|15||Dean Malenko||July 21, 1995||Hardcore TV||Tampa, FL||2||7||N/A||Aired on August 1, 1995, via broadcast delay.|
|16||Eddie Guerrero||July 28, 1995||Hardcore TV||Middletown, NY||2||28||N/A||Aired on August 8, 1995, via broadcast delay.|
|17||2 Cold Scorpio||August 25, 1995||Live event||Jim Thorpe, PA||3||126||N/A|
|18||Mikey Whipwreck||December 29, 1995||Holiday Hell||New York, NY||2||7||N/A||This was a match where Scorpio put both his World Television Championship and the ECW World Tag Team Championship held by Scorpio and The Sandman on the line.|
|19||2 Cold Scorpio||January 5, 1996||House Party||Philadelphia, PA||4||127||N/A|
|20||Shane Douglas||May 11, 1996||A Matter of Respect||Philadelphia, PA||1||21||N/A|
|21||Pitbull #2||June 1, 1996||Fight the Power||Philadelphia, PA||1||21||N/A|||
|22||Chris Jericho||June 22, 1996||Hardcore Heaven||Philadelphia, PA||1||21||N/A|||
|23||Shane Douglas||July 13, 1996||Heat Wave||Philadelphia, PA||2||329||30||This was a four-way dance also involving Pitbull #2 and 2 Cold Scorpio. Aired on July 23, 1996, episode of Hardcore TV via broadcast delay.|
|24||Tazz||June 7, 1997||Wrestlepalooza||Philadelphia, PA||2||267||43|
|25||Bam Bam Bigelow||March 1, 1998||Living Dangerously||Asbury Park, NJ||1||34||5|
|26||Rob Van Dam||April 4, 1998||Hardcore TV||Buffalo, NY||1||700||121||Aired on April 8, 1998, via broadcast delay.|
|—||Vacated||March 4, 2000||N/A||Philadelphia, PA||—||—||—||Rob Van Dam was legitimately injured, and as a result, The Network forced him to relinquish the title.|
|27||Super Crazy||March 12, 2000||Living Dangerously||Danbury, CT||1||27||8||Defeated Rhino in a tournament final|
|28||Yoshihiro Tajiri||April 8, 2000||ECW on TNN||Buffalo, NY||1||14||1||Aired on April 14, 2000, via broadcast delay.|
|29||Rhino||April 22, 2000||CyberSlam||Philadelphia, PA||1||126||11|
|30||Kid Kash||August 26, 2000||ECW on TNN||New York, NY||1||14||2||Aired on September 8, 2000, via broadcast delay.|
|31||Rhino||September 9, 2000||ECW on TNN||Mississauga, ON||2||214||10||Rhino was the final wrestler to hold the title. Aired on September 21, 2000, via broadcast delay.|
|—||Deactivated||April 11, 2001||—||—||—||—||—||ECW closed on April 4, 2001, and World Wrestling Entertainment purchased its assets in 2003.|
List of combined reigns
|Rank||Wrestler||No. of reigns||Combined Days|
|1||Rob Van Dam||1||700|
|4||2 Cold Scorpio||4||275|
|14||Bam Bam Bigelow||1||34|
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